Learn to use a garden to breathe life into standards-based lessons, promote ecological literacy, encourage healthy eating, and support students’ social development. Using Life Lab’s The Growing Classroom activity guide for grades K-6, participants in this hands-on workshop, experience tried-and-true garden-based lessons linked to Common Core Language Arts and Math and Next Generation Science Standards; practice basic gardening techniques; and develop management strategies for a school garden program. Graduate education units available.
Come be inspired to facilitate engineering experiences for students in the garden! Participants will engage in a 3rd-5th grade unit designed for NGSS in which students design and build trellises for peas in the school garden. We will make observations, build prototypes and then full-size trellises to grow peas. By unpacking this unit we will learn how to facilitate engineering experiences that address real problems or needs in school gardens. Participants will leave with resources and a framework for designing your own engineering in the garden unit and the inspiration to get started!